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Police Raise York School Safety Concerns From Bigger 20mph Zone


11:57am 27th October 2014

Children at a York primary school could face more dangers on the road because of a bigger 20mph zone, according to a traffic officer for North Yorkshire Police.

In a report to York Council, the officer says a longer 20mph zone on Heslington Road is likely to mean drivers go faster outside St Lawrence's School.

Part of the report reads:

"...the area where it is most important to have a compliance with the 20mph speed limit, outside of the junior school, is likely to see the speed of traffic rise and a subsequent more dangerous situation. I have serious road safety concerns for this scheme should the 20mph speed limit be enacted."

The police officer raised similar concerns for Hospital Fields Road and Broad Highway in Wheldrake, saying he had "serious road safety" concerns about a 20mph limit being introduced on all three roads. Despite the representation, the city council approved all three schemes last week.

York Council has told Minster FM police didn't support or object to the changes which will be reviewed after a year. It adds the scheme has support from other groups including the York Cycle Campaign.

Meanwhile, there have also been calls for the 20mph city-wide roll out to be stopped in Osbaldwick.

Osbaldwick councillor Mark Warters says there are better ways to improve road safety for less cash.

York Council has responded saying a city-wide 20mph roll out was approved in 2012, with the 20mph roll out for Osbaldwick approved in July.

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